Pittsburgh overcame the absence of several players to beat Toronto 3-1 on Monday, with Sidney Crosby boosting his NHL-leading points total by scoring the go-ahead goal.
Pittsburgh were locked 1-1 against Toronto with just more than six minutes remaining when Crosby took a centering pass from Pascal Dupuis and beat the goalie to the stick side to raise his points total to a league-high of 47.
Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who were playing without a number of regulars, including forward Evgeni Malkin, but still won their fourth straight game.
Morgan Rielly scored his first career goal for the Maple Leafs.
Elsewhere in the league, Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal four minutes into overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 win over St Louis.
Ceci recovered a clearing attempt by the Blues and fired in a wrist-shot that beat goalie Brian Elliott.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators, who picked up points for the fifth time in six games.
Chris Stewart had the goals for the Blues, both of which came late in the second period.
Paul Stastny scored twice and added two assists to power the Avalanche to a 6-2 win over Dallas.
Erik Johnson and Andre Benoit also scored in a four-goal second half, while Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie added Colorado’s rest.
Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, while Kevin Connauton scored his first NHL goal for the Stars.
Winnipeg’s Evander Kane returned from injury to score a goal and add an assist, leading the Jets to a 3-2 win over Columbus.
Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also had goals for the Jets, while R.J. Umberger and Fedor Tyutin had the goals for the Blue Jackets, who had a first-period goal disallowed.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Coming from the business world, New York Liberty owner Joe Tsai (蔡崇信) did not understand why his WNBA franchise did not have a chief executive officer similar to the team’s NBA counterpart the Brooklyn Nets, which Tsai also owns. For Tsai, it was about equality, so he did something about it. The 56-year-old Taipei-born billionaire businessman and philanthropist promoted Keia Clarke to the position last week — making her the first chief executive officer in the team’s history. The WNBA veteran became the third black woman to currently be in charge of a franchise in the league, joining Los Angeles Sparks president
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday. This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980. The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000. The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes